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Houston Texans February Scouting Report
David Trojanowsky

The big news in Houston in February is the XFL play of Houston Roughneck QB P.J. Walker. The former Colt third stringer is getting a chance to show that he has the right stuff. Not exactly a clone of QB Deshaun Watson but close enough to be the best ‘cut in the same mold’ back-up. Keep an eye on this one.

By the end of last season, the offensive line was starting to jell. They return OT Laremy Tunsil, C Nick Martin, OG Max Scharping, OT Tytus Howard and C-OG Greg Mancz. They want to sign an ORG in free agency and bring in talented offensive line back-ups.

RB Carlos Hyde and RB Duke Johnson return, but neither is an alpha back. The Texans needed to run the ball when they were up 24-0 in KC during the play-offs. Would have made all the difference in the world. Where is that big back?

Will playmaker WR Will Fuller be able to play a full season this year? Sure would like to see that. Clearly WR DeAndre Hopkins is their one but Fuller is a difference maker. Can WR Kenny Stills stay healthy? Will the Texans find quality WRs this year? The Texans have dependable TE play but they need for a monster to emerge. Will second year TE Kahale Warring be that monster?

With $20 million of 2019 cap cash rolling over to this year the Texans have $66 million to maneuver during free agency. They need to add talent to re-build the D.

The D is loaded with question marks. S Justin Reid and MLB Benardrick McKinney are returning from surgeries. DT D.J. Reader is a free agent. Will the use the Franchise tag on him? DE J.J. Watt needs help; the Texans must figure out how to pressure the QB. The D has become SUSPECT. Last year’s play-off loss to the Chiefs says it all.

Next month, free agency, then in April the Draft; this is the most exciting time of the season for people like us.


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